Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.

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New England News
4:19 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Legislative Committee To Look At Energy Prices In Massachusetts

A legislative committee is going to look into rising electricity prices in Massachusetts.

   An investigation by the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee was announced after a federal report said electricity prices in Boston were 63 percent higher than the national average in February.

  UMass Amherst Professor Robert Nakosteen , and fellow economists, writing in the journal Benchmarks Tuesday warned the state’s economy will suffer if energy costs remain high.

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New England News
12:21 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Springfield Officials Present Vision Of A Changed City

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno introduces a presentation on economic development to an audience at the CityStage theater.

A series of construction and redevelopment projects will be accomplished in 2017 that officials in Springfield, Massachusetts believe will allow the city to shed its image as a decaying former industrial city.    Springfield’s chief development officer laid out a vision of the city’s economic future – some of it admittedly speculative -- in a presentation last night to business leaders and civic boosters.

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New England News
2:59 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

MGM Breaks Ground For $800 Million Springfield Casino

MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO James Murren at the groundbreaking for the company's $800 million Springfield casino. He is standing in front of the former Zanetti School that is to be torn down.
Credit WAMC

Hundreds gathered today for the official groundbreaking of the MGM Springfield casino. The event marked a milestone in the development of the casino industry in Massachusetts and the planned transformation of downtown Springfield.

Against the backdrop of a tornado-damaged nearly century old former elementary school MGM officials welcomed elected officials, business and civic leaders, neighborhood residents, and state gaming industry regulators to celebrate the symbolic kickoff of construction of the state’s first casino resort.

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New England News
6:18 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

More Springfield Neighborhoods To See Innovative Anti-Crime Initiative

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri announces the expansion of C-3 Policing as Mayor Domenic Sarno looks on. Behind Sarno is Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni. The announcement was made at St John's Congregational Church in the Mason Square neighborhood.
Credit WAMC

Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts are set to expand an innovative community policing program that has garnered national attention.

The anti-crime initiative called C-3 Policing will be brought to three city neighborhoods nearly six years after it was introduced in Springfield’s North End where it is credited with dramatically reducing gang related crime and violence.

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New England News
2:05 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Western Massachusetts City To Have All LED Street Lights

Chicopee will replace all 4,700 high pressure sodium bulb street lights, like the one shown here on the right, with energy efficient LED lights, as seen on the left.
Credit WAMC

The city of Chicopee is the first in western Massachusetts to begin a project to replace all the city’s street lights with LED lights.

More than 4,700 LED light fixtures will be installed throughout the entire city of Chicopee under a four-year replacement schedule announced Monday by Mayor Richard Kos.

    The finished project will cut the city’s $400,000 annual light bill in half. 

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New England News
12:09 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

NYPD Latest To Use Gunshot Detection System That Had Springfield PD As Early Adopter

The New York City Police Department has announced it has started to use a gunshot detection system.  The rollout of the technology in the nation’s largest police department comes seven years after the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts started using the system called ShotSpotter.   

ShotSpotter uses acoustic sensors to pinpoint the location of gunfire and transmit the information within seconds to police dispatchers and to laptop computers in police cruisers. A map on the computer screen shows where the gun was fired and there is an audio recording of the shots.

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New England News
12:38 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Study Finds More Transparency On State Spending

A report issued this week by a Massachusetts-based consumer protection organization finds state governments are making it easier for taxpayers to find out how their money is being spent. The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund looked at the content and ease-of-use of financial transparency websites – often called online checkbooks.

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New England News
12:16 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Governor's Task Force Hears Pleas For Help To Combat Opioid Crisis

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's Opioid Crisis Working Group held a public listening session at Greenfield Community College
Credit WAMC

More than 200 people came to Greenfield Community College last night to address the opioid crisis  task force appointed by the governor of Massachusetts.  The panel was told heroin use and pain pill abuse is rampant in the state’s rural towns.  

The panel heard emotional pleas for help and thoughtful suggestions on actions the state should take to combat drug addiction and curb overdose deaths, which state officials said jumped 46 percent last year.

Tracy Lord of Turners Falls said drugs have devastated her family.

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New England News
11:43 am
Thu March 19, 2015

New Museum Will Be Devoted To Life And Legacy Of Famed Children's Book Author

An artist's rendering of an interactive display planned for the new Dr. Seuss Museum
Credit Springfield Museums

A new museum to honor the writer of the world-famous Dr. Seuss children’s books is being created in Springfield, Massachusetts.

     The Springfield Museums Thursday announced the first museum dedicated to the life and legacy of city native Theodor Seuss Geisel will open in 2016. 

The new museum will be housed in a renovated existing building on the Quadrangle.

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New England News
6:28 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Task Force To Hear About Heroin Epidemic In Western Mass.

Credit Matthew Kang, flickr

The task force appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to investigate the heroin epidemic in Massachusetts is holding a public meeting Thursday at Greenfield Community College.

The public meeting scheduled from 4 pm-6 pm at the Dining Common is the only western Massachusetts stop on a statewide listening tour by the 17-member panel. 

The task force is to present its findings by the end of May. 

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said the depth of the problem has to be  understood before solutions can be suggested.

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